On January 1, 2014, Continental Commercial Specialty Tires appointed Thorsten A. Bublitz as new business-line manager agro. In this role, he will be supervising the international expansion of all agricultural activities. In addition to his comprehensive sales background with agricultural tires, Bublitz has longstanding experience with the Continental AG. He reports to Dr. Michael Maertens, managing director of the business unit Continental CST.

"With Thorsten A. Bublitz, we gained an international experienced manager for our agricultural product," says Maertens. "We will extend and enlarge our product range and customer service portfolio in the next years. Our strategy is to offer customized solutions for special requirements in promising markets. The growth market for agricultural equipment is one of the segments, where our clients benefit from our many years of experience and worldwide capabilities." 

In 2013, Continental CST launched a new tire portfolio for the harbor business and made significant investments into their underground mining product portfolio for work in the upcoming years.

Bublitz joined Continental from the SGL Group Wiesbaden in Germany where he has been responsible for graphite electrodes in the EMEA region since 2007 - first as key account manager and later as director of sales and technical service. Between 1983 and 2004 he worked for Continental AG. His last position was overseeing sales and marketing for Continental agricultural tires. Between 2004 and 2007 he was head of marketing and sales of agro tires at Ceska Gumarensks Spolecnost in Prague, Czech Republic. In this position, he was also managing director of marketing and sales at CGS Reifen Deutschland GmbH in Hanover, Germany. Bublitz holds a degree in business administration (VWA) and completed training as industrial manager at Continental AG.